HISTORIC PRESERVATION SPECIALIST
Under direction of a Principal Historic Preservation Specialist
or other supervisory official, organizes and maintains cultural
resource data, provides assistance to various historic site
programs, conducts surveys, prepares State/National Register
nominations, and administers grants and/or preservation education
programs; does other related duties as required.
NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not
perform all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely,
all duties performed on the job may not be listed.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Researches, prepares, and revises routine State/National Register
nomination applications including conducting field investigations
of the site.
Reviews routine cultural resource surveys prior to entry into the
New Jersey Historic Sites Inventory.
Researches and writes interpretations for historic properties,
and assists in collection/research of selected materials for
exhibit at historical sites utilizing both primary/secondary
Prepares notification of intent to nominate properties to the
State/National Register in accord with state and federal
May assist in basic planning and preparation of historic site
programs/exhibits appropriate to groups of different age levels
and/or with different interests.
May develop training programs for individuals who function as
interpreters of historic properties.
Prepares routine releases and/or brochures.
Conducts field investigations of historic sites to ensure that
programs, operations, and structures are adequately maintained,
and identifies potentially hazardous conditions at the site.
Reviews project initiating materials and fiscal documentation
from grant recipients.
Supervises office accounting, purchasing, and invoice processing.
Serves as liaison for the NJ Historic Sites Council, NJ Historic
Trust, State Review Board for Historic Sites, and/or other
historical, educational, and social groups.
Identifies and labels Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM)
coordinates on the US Geological Survey maps for State/National
Identifies, describes, researches, analyzes, photographs, maps,
or otherwise records information concerning properties being
Compiles dates for and drafts fiscal portions of the Annual
Preservation Work Plan and application for federal Historic
Attends meetings, lectures, seminars, and conferences.
Organizes, maintains, and retrieves cultural resource data from
the NJ Historic Sites Inventory, State and National Register,
project-specific surveys, and office library.
Prepares correspondence in the course of official duties.
May prepare clear, technically sound, accurate, and informative
reports containing finding, conclusions, and recommendations.
Maintains records and files.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
and/or manual recording and information systems used by
the agency, office, or related units.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's
degree in American Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture,
Architectural History, or History.
NOTE: Graduation from an accredited college or university
with a Bachelor's degree including or supplemented by twenty-one
(21) semester hour credits in professional planning subjects such
as land use planning, historic city planning, planning project
design, or planning law and administration may be substituted for
the indicated education requirement.
One (1) year of experience in historic site surveying, historic
preservation planning, or any combination of the following:
detailed investigation of historic structures; preparation of
historic structures research reports and/or preparation or review
of plans/specifications for preservation projects; research
writing, interpretation, or related activity with an historic
organization, agency, or museum; research and/or writing in
American architectural history and/or restoration architecture;
and/or experience in archaeological research, administration,
management, and/or study of archaeological resources.
NOTE: Possession of a valid certificate as a Registered Architect
issued by the NJ Board of Registered Architects may be
substituted for the required education.
NOTE: Possession of a valid license as a Professional Planner issued by
the NJ State Board of Professional Planners may be substituted
for the required education.
NOTE: A Masters degree in Historic Preservation, American Studies,
Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Architectural History,
or History may be substituted for the required experience.
Appointee will be required to possess a driver's license valid in
New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee
mobility is necessary to perform essential duties of the position.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of principles, objectives, standards, and techniques of
Knowledge of methods/techniques used to evaluate proposed
alterations to historic properties.
Knowledge of museum techniques, procedures, and design.
Knowledge of the National Register Program.
Knowledge of principles, standards, and techniques used in
Knowledge of cultural resources survey techniques.
Knowledge of photographic techniques.
Knowledge of accounting and grants management techniques.
Ability to learn about New Jersey history, architecture, or
Ability to learn about state laws, rules, and regulations
relevant to historic preservation and cultural resource
Ability to learn about responsibilities, programs, standards,
policies, and procedures relevant to cultural resource management
and historic preservation.
Ability to conduct research utilizing original, primary, and
secondary source materials to prepare National Register
nominations and interpretive materials.
Ability to provide information/assistance to the public
concerning programs and basic historic preservation issues.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working
relationships with representatives from local, federal, and state
agencies, historic/environmental groups, and members of the
Ability to organize assigned work, analyze problems, develop
effective work methods, and complete assignments on schedule.
Ability to prepare correspondence in the course of official
Ability to prepare clear, sound, accurate, and informative
reports containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
Ability to maintain records and files.
Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual
recording and information systems used by the agency, office,
or related units.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate
in English sufficiently to perform duties of this position.
American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered
as acceptable forms of communication.
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long
as they can perform essential functions of the job after
reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations.
If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause
the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
This job specification is for state and local government use.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.